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Day SchoolFaculty and Staff    February 27, 2015

Mr. Steve Gettelman
Middle School Math

Mr. Gettelman took on the title of Principal in 2013, but he has been an instrumental part of the family of Grace since 2006. In 2005, he graduated from Concordia, WI with a degree in Secondary Education – Math and came to us as the 7th-8th homeroom teacher, middle school math, science, and PE teacher, as well as the Athletic Director. Over the years, he has proven himself to be an exceptional teacher, dedicated and thoughtful leader, and a strong role model for our students. He assists our young people in making smart decisions every day and guides them spiritually, academically, and socially.

Because of his math expertise, Mr. Gettelman continues to teach 5th - 8th grade math and helps our students to consistently work to raise their scores on the various mathematical portions of the Iowa tests. He has a wonderful way of making math both approachable and fun.

Not only is Mr. Gettelman a strong leader in the hallways of the school, but also on the basketball court and in track and field. He is the head coach for both our boys’ basketball team and our co-ed track and field team, and he does an amazing job of helping his young athletes to excel individually and as a team.

Mr. Gettelman and his wife, Jen, are expecting their first child in September.

This verse from Jeremiah really hits home with me because at the age of 18, I never would have predicted that I would be a teacher or a principal. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Mrs. Pam Bauer
School Secretary

Ms. Brittney Ulik
4K & 5K

In order for our youngest students to thrive, it is imperative that they have a teacher who can guide them, teach them, play with them, and nurture them. We are blessed to have that kind of teacher in Ms. Ulik, who has a gift for helping all children learn to their strengths.

Our 4K and afternoon 5K classes are busy learning every day with manipulatives, stations, cooperative play, and hands on activities. In Ms. Ulik’s classroom, learning is exactly what it should be for a child – fun.

Our 4K students have the unique advantage of either attending just the morning session from 8:30-12:00 or all day in our enrichment program.  When they attend all day, they have the opportunity to work with the 5K children in the afternoon, which has many positive effects on their development.

Some of the field trips and special events in Ms. Ulik’s class are going to the Pumpkin Patch, the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Family Tree House, the Racine Zoo, and the 7th - 8th grade reading buddies who come to read with the 4K & 5K students on Friday afternoons.

Ms. Ulik graduated from Concordia, WI in 2013 with a double major in Early Childhood Education and Adaptive Early Childhood Education, and when she is not in the classroom she enjoys reading, watching movies, and travelling.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Mrs. Kathy Kolb
4K & 5K Teacher Aide

Having a veteran teacher work with some of our youngest students is a true blessing. Mrs. Kolb came to Grace in 2002 and has been teaching for over 35 years. Before coming to Grace, she taught at St. Peter Immanuel and Ebenezer.

Mrs. Kolb’s classroom is always a hub of activity. Children enjoy Bible Story Time, learning core subjects through role playing and games, doing science experiments with magnets, dramatic play with music, playing instruments in a rhythm band, painting, and making various art projects. Our morning 5K class also enjoys fun field trips to places like the Racine Zoo, a pumpkin farm, and the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Mrs. Kolb feels very strongly that in order to teach little ones, you must have joy in what you are doing. Children are constantly changing, growing, and are exuberant about life. She does a wonderful job of keeping them excited about learning.

Mrs. Jeanne Meyer
1st & 2nd Grade

Mrs. Meyer’s love of children and all creatures is evident the moment you walk into her room. She is often seen giving hugs to greet her students and send them on their way at the end of each day. Throughout the year you will also see a variety of animals in her classroom, from the class pet, Anansi, to the class fish, and the butterflies and chicks that are hatched each year. The children learn to be gentle with all of God’s creatures and each other, because of Mrs. Meyer’s nurturing care. They learn a great deal about the core subjects as well. Countless numbers of projects are created in Mrs. Meyer’s classroom, which help make learning both fun and memorable. A few of the special field trips include a docent led tour of the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Milwaukee County Zoo, and a farm to see how maple syrup is made.

Mrs. Meyer is one of the veteran teachers on our staff, having come to Grace in 1983, and often serves as a mentor for our newer staff members. In 2007, she was deservingly awarded the South Wisconsin District Lutheran Elementary Teacher of the Year Award.

When she is not at Grace, she enjoys reading, spinning, weaving, travelling, and helping at the Wisconsin State Fair.

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2

Ms. Rita VanDyke
3rd - 4th Grade
Middle School Art
Physical Education
Athletic Director

Our 3rd-4th grade classroom thrives with activity, thanks to Ms. Van Dyke, and we are so fortunate to have her at Grace. She truly loves her students, works well with children of all learning levels, and she can often be found after school tutoring students who just need some extra time to fully understand certain concepts. Even though there is a lot of energy in her classroom, there is also strong structure and respect for all. Her children know that they are able to work hard and succeed, as well as learn from their mistakes in a safe environment.

Some of the fun things that happen in the 3rd & 4th grade classroom the culture unit for reading which includes cooking and learning words in another language, going to the Milwaukee County Zoo, the Milwaukee Public Museum, and going to the library to learn how to navigate various ways to research, how to use the computers for both work and play, and all of the different items and information available at the library.

In the middle school art program students learn about positive and negative space, shading, and dimension, as well as working with multiple types of media. A couple of times this year, the students even had a visiting artist come into the classroom to work with them. At the end of each year, all of our young artists get the opportunity to showcase their art in our annual Art Gallery Night.

Because of Ms. Van Dyke, Grace is also now offering fun summer classes. The favorite this summer was a class all about Legos, and she hopes to add more classes next summer, as interest grows. In Ms. Van Dyke’s spare time, she loves to play volleyball, read, and scrapbook. One of her favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11 because, not only was it her 8th grade class verse, but it has taken on new meaning for her. I never planned to teach in a Lutheran School, but now I see clearly that God’s plans are not always our plans, and His plans are always better.

Mrs. Lisa Hengst
5th - 6th Grade Homeroom
Middle School English
Middle School Social Studies
4K - 8th Grade Music

Mrs. Hengst brings exuberance to everything she teaches. She graduated in 2002, from Concordia, WI, with a degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Organ, and is certified through the state of Wisconsin in K-12 music education, as well as 1-6 elementary education. As the 5th-6th grade homeroom teacher, she is able to apply the Bible to today and make it relevant for the world our children live in; she does the same with social studies by having the students learn history through fun projects and interactive activities. In English, they work on core grammar skills, novel studies, and creative writing. The students always enjoy sharing the stories they’ve written with the class.

As our all school music teacher, Mrs. Hengst introduces our students to simple instruments like the triangle, maracas, and hand bells. Often the students sing as part of Sunday morning worship services, participate in our yearly Christmas program, and perform at the yearly Spring Concert. Mrs. Hengst’s high energy approach to music makes this a favorite class for all ages.

Aside from her in-school activities, Mrs. Hengst also provides private piano lessons after school and is our church organist/pianist. She is married and, not only has one child who is a Grace graduate and another who is a current student, but she also graduated from Grace.

“Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Eph. 5:19b-20

Ms. Ariel Wald
7th - 8th Grade Homeroom
3rd - 8th Grade Science
4K - 8th Grade Computer Classes

Ms. Wald is the newest addition to the faculty and staff at Grace. She is a 2013 Concordia, WI graduate.

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